Casey County budget includes more carryover than officials expected

May 18, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - First reading of a $4.4 million budget was approved Monday night by Casey Fiscal Court.

The amount was increased by $523,074 from a proposed budget the court received earlier this month to review. The increase was due to additional carryover in general funds.

Judge-Executive Ronald Wright said the budget is an estimate of income and expenditures and can be changed until final approval. After that, changes must be made by budget amendments.

He said after the budget is adopted, it will be sent to the state Department of Local Government in Frankfort for approval. A public hearing also has to be held before the June 30 deadline.


In other money matters, Fiscal Court agreed to lease bleachers at the Central Kentucky Ag/Expo Center horse ring from Liberty Economic Development Authority for five years.

The bleachers cost $27,000, and the court has the option to purchase the bleachers at the end of the five-year lease.

Wright said a $225,000 federal grant will be used to pay for the bleachers. He said Lake Cumberland Area Development District is helping fill out documents that have to be submitted in order to get the money.

He said $100,000 of the money has been spent since January. The money is spent, then the county gets reimbursement.

Wright also said an architect is scheduled to be at the county Judicial Center Thursday to check out the building. Architectural Plus of Georgetown, which was overseeing the project, has closed, forcing the county to hire another firm to finish up the work.

In other business, the court set a county road aid hearing for 4:45 p.m. June 7 prior to the 5 p.m. Fiscal Court meeting.

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